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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
Oct 23, 2014 7:02 pm
The Edward Covington triple murder trial screeched to a halt Thursday when the defendant fired his public defenders and said he wanted to plead guilty.
Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm
Providence Road in Riverview is shut down just north of Bloomingdale Avenue in both directions due to a gas leak. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews are at the gas leak, at 5602 Providence Road. Pr...
Oct 23, 2014 6:28 pm
Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in the Tampa Bay area this week, from a new Guavaween in Ybor to the pig races at the Hi...
Oct 23, 2014 5:51 pm
A man's out-of-control pickup slid under the semitrailer on Interstate 4 in Plant City, investigators said. Traffic was backed up through part of the morning rush hour.
Oct 23, 2014 5:45 pm
TAMPA -- There may be no worse an insult for a football player than to be called soft, but Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he understands why the Buccaneers may have earned that moniker. ...
Oct 23, 2014 5:06 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario - The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not he...
Oct 23, 2014 5:03 pm
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Oct 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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Oct 23, 2014 4:54 pm
Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to medical marijuana in Flor...
Oct 23, 2014 4:34 pm
Like many of his NFL rivals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith places a premium on ball security. That's why it's odd that he usually gives the ball away the first time he has a chance to possess...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.       &a...
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Oct 23, 2014 7:22 pm
Charlie Crist showed up at Century Village on Thursday to get the vote out, but it appeared the vote had already been gotten.
Oct 23, 2014 6:52 pm
Barry Greenfield is getting back the class ring he lost 40 years ago, but he's more intrigued by the man who held on to it that entire time with the hope of finding the ring's owner.
Oct 23, 2014 5:48 pm
A pedestrian was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was hit by a vehicle on Federal Highway Thursday morning, authorities said.
Oct 23, 2014 3:56 pm
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Oct 23, 2014 3:53 pm
Thinking of heading to the Broward County Fair this year? Don't ask for directions just yet.
Oct 23, 2014 3:41 pm
Getting to a U-turn and making left turns at one Interstate 595 interchange is about to get a lot easier, something officials hope will alleviate rush hour backups.
Oct 23, 2014 2:52 pm
Plantation General Hospital is inching closer to moving away from its namesake city.
Oct 23, 2014 1:31 pm
Charter schools keep surging in popularity, with enrollment in Broward topping 40,000 for the first time this year.
Oct 23, 2014 1:02 am
A 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after she was found floating in a Miramar pool.
Oct 22, 2014 9:24 pm
Fort Lauderdale commissioners ended a marathon meeting early Wednesday by giving final approval to new restrictions on where and how charitable groups can feed the homeless in the city.
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